On Wednesday, former U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will launch his own social media platform, TRUTH Social, according to a press release by Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG). Trump’s new social network is set to roll out a beta version in November, which will be available to invited guests only. Its nationwide launch is expected in the first quarter of 2022, the published article stated.
Furthermore, Trump indicated his aspirations to develop a rival social media platform after he was booted off several social media platforms. Earlier this year, major social media companies including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, banned or suspended Trump for violating their policies after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump Intends to Fight Big Tech Firms through TRUTH Social
“We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced. This is unacceptable,” Trump said in a written statement added in the release. “I am excited to send out my first TRUTH on TRUTH Social very soon. TMTG was founded with a mission to give a voice to all. I’m excited to soon begin sharing my thoughts on TRUTH Social and to fight back against Big Tech,” he further stated.
A Rival Social Media Platform to the Liberal Media Consortium
Moreover, the former US President stated that the company’s purpose is to build “a rival to the liberal media consortium and fight back against the Big Tech corporations.” TRUTH Social app will be rolled out through a new company created by a merger of the Trump Media and Technology Group and Digital World Acquisition Corp, registered in the Nasdaq, according to the statement.
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Donald Trump Had Over 88 Million Followers on Twitter
Moreover, Facebook banned Donald Trump indefinitely on January 7, later reducing the ban to two years. Twitter soon followed, permanently suspending Trump’s account — which had over 88 million followers at the time — due to the “risk of further provocation of violence”. Ever since, Donald Trump has been searching for ways to restore his internet megaphone on the social media platform, initiating several lawsuits against the tech giants.